American filmmaker John Hughes’ classic teen comedy film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released on this day in 1986, grossing more than $6 million during its opening weekend. After starting as a writer for humor magazine National Lampoon, Hughes landed his big break in Hollywood, writing and directing some of the most popular films of the 1980s and 1990s, including The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, and the blockbuster Home Alone franchise. Hughes is best known for his coming-of-age teen comedy films which often combined magic realism with honest depictions of suburban teenage life. Starring Matthew Broderick, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off follows the titular slacker student as he skips class for the day, navigating nearly the entire city of Chicago.
“My generation had to be taken seriously because we were stopping things and burning things… We were part of the baby boom, and when we moved, everything moved with us.” —